20 thoughts on “Here are the nightjars

  1. How ’bout posting a picture of a nightjar in plain view so we can tell what they actually look like.

  2. Even with the circle, I’m not sure I see it. Still could be a rock. But I trust that Matthew won’t steer us awry or betray us with an empty photo. Thanks for the pictures!

  3. I am so cocky that I got those right that I’m contemplating updating my resume with “nightjar spotting” as a skill.

      1. I wish I could somehow put that as a skill in LinkedIn that people could select. 🙂

        1. Why should you not? I’d endorse you!

          (Nightjar spotting is the sort of thing I do professionally, though in the real world I only ever see them when they fly past my face or headights)

  4. I was thrown off by scale. The nightjar in the first photo is much larger than I expected. I saw it immediately, looked carefully, and concluded that it was a rock because it seemed too big relative to the vegetation.

    Still can’t see the second one.

    Pretty amazing, really.

    1. I had the same experience with #1, which caused me to distrust & discard my (correct) apprehension of #2. So I’m saying I got screwed. Sorta.

  5. There was an earlier post with the Tweet of the Day which had a picture of it along with a discussion on its call and habits. Or else Wikipedia is your friend.

    I found both but I was totally without confidence that I really had because I’ve thought I had them spotted before and then found out I didn’t.

  6. I haz two spotted nightjars.

    The criticism of central position of nightjars was not for naught. Now to remove the remaining sample bias: insertion random empty photos. (Or not, it may be too cruel.)

    1. And now I’m trying to figure out why.

      Not a lot of people are familiar with the birds; one of the commenters said the name brings to mind a chamber pot. 😀

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